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St. Patrick’s Day Beers on NBC

Did you catch John on Sunday Today in New York talking about craft beers for St. Patrick’s Day? Here’s some more information on the beers he mentioned. Slàinte!  Read more


Building a Better Briefing

March 10, 2011 We are in the process of building a better website and so you can expect to see a few changes in the weeks ahead.

The Beer Briefing will continue to bring you brewing news, insights and on-scene reporting. It’ll just look a lot nicer than it does right now. Thanks for your patience and please continue to check back. Cheers.


A blog about an article about another article

Confused by the headline?

A few weeks ago I wrote an article for about the growing trend of nano breweries in the United States.

It was a lot of fun to write and I think it was well received.

On Thursday, friend of the Beer Briefing Julia Herz sent me an email with a link to an article in the Pittsburg Post-Gazette on the rise of nano-breweries in the Keystone State.

Reporter Bob Batz Jr. does a nice job featuring a few of the nanos in the state, including Beaver Brewing Co.

Then, he writes this:

In an article just published on the Brewers Association’s site, John Holl notes that nanobreweries, “sometimes referred to as pico breweries, or bucket breweries,” don’t even aim to grow big in size and distribution range. Some established brewers are starting nano operations as ways to carefully expand into other markets, try different things, and/or just have fun. He cites the Coney Island brewhouse of Jeremy Cowan, the proprietor of Shmaltz Brewing Co., whose He’Brew beers are contract brewed. The Coney Island spot, which opened last summer (making funnel cake beer and candy apple ale) and will reopen this summer, brews just one-eighth of a barrel at a time.

I love it! It’s an article quoting an article. Now, I’m mentioning it on the blog.

It’s all about sharing the news about good beer.

Now, we just need to see if we can get someone to write a blog about this blog which is about an article inside an article….

Read Bob’s full story here.

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